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post Feb 15 2012, 05:45 PM
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Gaming is something that needs to be done in moderation of course, as it can take away practice time! But after nailing that impossible solo, you deserve a break! What's your pleasure? Platformer? PC? Thought I'd start a tread in my forum on Games that I"m playing/played/wanted to share/learn about/ask you guys about etc. A bit of gaming is good for the soul!

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post Feb 15 2012, 06:07 PM
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It's been a long time since I used to play video games at home, that passion was changed by guitar when I was around 13. However I played Wii for the first time yesterday and it was awesome. I played Houses of the holy and Resident Evil. Great ones!


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post Feb 15 2012, 06:46 PM
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post Feb 15 2012, 07:04 PM
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As you guys know I'm still stuck in the dark ages with my ps2 wink.gif

But I like action, horror.. when it comes to games I have quite a violent streak ! laugh.gif

Currently going through Splinter Cell : Chaos Theory again.


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post Feb 15 2012, 07:34 PM
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Since I just got a beefy computer I have been gaming on it. Last game I beat was yesterday, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, currently playing Crystalis.. So demanding of my pc. laugh.gif After I get done with some old school NES games I'm going to play Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning tho.

I may pick up twisted metal for the ps3 next week just to play with some friends online.


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post Feb 15 2012, 09:07 PM
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About a year ago I really stopped playing video games just because, as Gabriel said, it was replaced with guitar. I would love to if I still had the time, but in my position, I'd rather be gaining a skill that I could potentially make a career out of then playing cod 5 hours a day wink.gif


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post Feb 16 2012, 05:18 PM
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PS3 here.

Though I din't play much for months, I'm now having a great time with Kingdoms of Amalur. For my taste, the best RPG on the platform, and even the best RPG I've played, not counting MMORPGs.

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post Feb 16 2012, 05:29 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Feb 16 2012, 04:18 PM) *
PS3 here.

Though I din't play much for months, I'm now having a great time with Kingdoms of Amalur. For my taste, the best RPG on the platform, and even the best RPG I've played, not counting MMORPGs.


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post Feb 16 2012, 05:39 PM
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Until a couple of months ago I used to play WoW extensively, until it got really boring cause I had seen all of it and I'm not a collector who would do the same stuff over and over again just to get better equipment wink.gif
I also liked Starcraft 2, finished the campaign, but don't really care for multiplayer.
Currently I'm waiting for Diablo 3 smile.gif
Oh, and I won a Wii, Mario Kart and Top Spin 4 are fun to play!


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post Feb 18 2012, 03:06 AM
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I remember the PS2! I used to love that thing smile.gif I got waaaaaay in to Street Fighter and some other fight style games. Haven't played PS2 in several years though. I should pull the old girl out for some vintage fight carnage!

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 15 2012, 01:04 PM) *
As you guys know I'm still stuck in the dark ages with my ps2 wink.gif

But I like action, horror.. when it comes to games I have quite a violent streak ! laugh.gif

Currently going through Splinter Cell : Chaos Theory again.



Small world! I won Wii as well! It was when they first came out a while back. Very cool platform. However, as you'll notice most of the games are kids / families / etc. There are a few exceptions of course but the lack of good titles is what made me pull the system out of my media room and give it to my brother who teaches primary school. It's been a big hit with his class.

QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Feb 16 2012, 11:39 AM) *
Until a couple of months ago I used to play WoW extensively, until it got really boring cause I had seen all of it and I'm not a collector who would do the same stuff over and over again just to get better equipment wink.gif
I also liked Starcraft 2, finished the campaign, but don't really care for multiplayer.
Currently I'm waiting for Diablo 3 smile.gif
Oh, and I won a Wii, Mario Kart and Top Spin 4 are fun to play!


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post Feb 18 2012, 03:28 AM
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Video games are a big part of my life. But I'm more of an old-school gamer! I love the good old 8-bit NES games, SNES / Sega games and earlier PC and Playstation games. My favorite game ever is an adventure/RPG named Planescape: Torment. It's about 15 years old and has really rusty graphics, but I've never played a game with better storyline. Those days, I slept roughly only 4 hours a day between my hours and hours of obsessive playing before I finally finished it biggrin.gif The story is just too good that you have to play it and read every single dialogue because you're so curious what's going to happen next! I LOVE that game. smile.gif Just writing this makes me want to play it again smile.gif

Also, I'm a fan of old classics like Tekken 3, Diablo 2, Metal Gear Solid, Syphon Filter, Castlevania, Mega Man, Quake 2, Colin McRae 2, GranTurismo 2, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series... I even wrote walkthroughs on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and a Yoshimitsu manual for Tekken 3, I think they're still online somewhere on GameFAQs biggrin.gif

I think today's games have much better graphics, but are nothing too special... They're usually too easy, predictable, too much multiplayer-oriented and there's no originality which was present in the old games, when game designers had all the freedom they wanted. It became an expensive industry which makes thousands of Call of Duty clones because it's a formula that "works". But basically they are usually the same games with different names. I might be too harsh on this, but I guess I'm too nostalgic of the good old times when games had less money, and more soul involved!

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post Feb 18 2012, 04:39 AM
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This is where balance comes in. I'd certainly hope no GMC student would spend 5 hours a day playing video games. I sometimes play a game with pals on xbox live for a quick bit on weekends which is where games are best kept IMHO. As a fun distraction. For many students, especially those in the first 3 or 4 years of learning, video games can easily take over practice time and turn in to bad thing. Eve for those with extensive musical practice/training, they remain a possible time suck.

So again, it's all about balance. You can play a game to relax, blow off steam, etc. Just don't let it eat in to your practice time!

QUOTE (FrontlineGuitar @ Feb 15 2012, 03:07 PM) *
About a year ago I really stopped playing video games just because, as Gabriel said, it was replaced with guitar. I would love to if I still had the time, but in my position, I'd rather be gaining a skill that I could potentially make a career out of then playing cod 5 hours a day wink.gif



QUOTE (Dinaga @ Feb 17 2012, 09:28 PM) *
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Also, I'm a fan of old classics like Tekken 3, Diablo 2, Metal Gear Solid, Syphon Filter, Castlevania, Mega Man, Quake 2, Colin McRae 2, GranTurismo 2, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series... I even wrote walkthroughs on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and a Yoshimitsu manual for Tek ken 3, I think they're still online somewhere on GameFAQs biggrin.gif


Wow! An actual gamer! smile.gif I was a HUGE fan of the Tekken series as well back in the day. And also quake and even Unreal. I used to game more in the ps2 days. Some really great games from then smile.gif Now it's more about xbox live and playing with friends a bit here and there on weekends.


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post Feb 18 2012, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (Dinaga @ Feb 18 2012, 02:28 AM) *
I think today's games have much better graphics, but are nothing too special... They're usually too easy, predictable, too much multiplayer-oriented and there's no originality which was present in the old games, when game designers had all the freedom they wanted. It became an expensive industry which makes thousands of Call of Duty clones because it's a formula that "works". But basically they are usually the same games with different names. I might be too harsh on this, but I guess I'm too nostalgic of the good old times when games had less money, and more soul involved!


Yeah I kind of agree with you here. Shadowman is a really old PS1 game with awful graphics and controls but the storyline is epic. Nightmare Creatures is another game with dated graphics and dodgy controls but the atmosphere on that is incredible !!

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 18 2012, 03:39 AM) *
I was a HUGE fan of the Tekken series as well back in the day.


Me too. In fact I decided to invest in some nostalgia and bought Tekken 5 off Amazon a few weeks ago. I never played that one before so I thought I'd give it a go.. was surprised how hard it was. huh.gif The end boss is just a b*****d mad.gif


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post Feb 21 2012, 12:08 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 18 2012, 04:54 AM) *
Yeah I kind of agree with you here. Shadowman is a really old PS1 game with awful graphics and controls but the storyline is epic. Nightmare Creatures is another game with dated graphics and dodgy controls but the atmosphere on that is incredible !!

Me too. In fact I decided to invest in some nostalgia and bought Tekken 5 off Amazon a few weeks ago. I never played that one before so I thought I'd give it a go.. was surprised how hard it was. huh.gif The end boss is just a b*****d mad.gif


No epic story lines? Guys! I'm guessing neither one of you played the original BioShock game? I have to say, killer story, plot twists, epic drama, just amazing. Almost sounds like "They don't make make em like they used to...." etc? I actually try to share games that I think are actually worth anyone's time in my game posts. A bit ago I played through a game called ALICE which was a dark, twisted take on the Alice in wonderland story and it was just amazing. The writing was awesome, story was compelling and game design was some of the best I"ve ever seen and I've seen quite a few games wink.gif The art design, sound design, graphic design, all of it was just epic/mind blowing/awesome. Better than any movie/game/anything I've seen in years. There is some amazing, inspiring, game content out there guys. Games have taken over for movies in terms of original story telling/new music IMHO. Movies seem to have gotten stale, boring, while games (the good ones) still take chances.

I"m not saying you should skip practice to play games. Never. Just that if you are going to play a game now and then, pick a good one smile.gif Which is why I review games here on GMC that I think are worth a darn. Here is a link to my ALICE review and a few pics for starters smile.gif

P.S. BEN: Tekken rules! smile.gif My fav was Tekken Tag Tournament where you could tag out and switch to a fresh figher mid match!

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post Feb 21 2012, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 20 2012, 11:08 PM) *
No epic story lines? Guys! I'm guessing neither one of you played the original BioShock game? I have to say, killer story, plot twists, epic drama, just amazing. Almost sounds like "They don't make make em like they used to...." etc? I actually try to share games that I think are actually worth anyone's time in my game posts. A bit ago I played through a game called ALICE which was a dark, twisted take on the Alice in wonderland story and it was just amazing. The writing was awesome, story was compelling and game design was some of the best I"ve ever seen and I've seen quite a few games wink.gif The art design, sound design, graphic design, all of it was just epic/mind blowing/awesome. Better than any movie/game/anything I've seen in years. There is some amazing, inspiring, game content out there guys. Games have taken over for movies in terms of original story telling/new music IMHO. Movies seem to have gotten stale, boring, while games (the good ones) still take chances.

I"m not saying you should skip practice to play games. Never. Just that if you are going to play a game now and then, pick a good one smile.gif Which is why I review games here on GMC that I think are worth a darn. Here is a link to my ALICE review and a few pics for starters smile.gif

P.S. BEN: Tekken rules! smile.gif My fav was Tekken Tag Tournament where you could tag out and switch to a fresh figher mid match!

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Wow ! Just checked out your other thread about the Alice game.. looks amazing ! biggrin.gif

I guess you're right about the storyline stuff Todd, it's not true that they don't do epic anymore because they do. I guess what I feel is that everything is so impressive with graphics these days and there's so much 'crash, bang, whallop' that nothing impresses the kids anymore and they take it all in their stride.

All the COD games ? They would have blown my mind if I'd seen those about 10 yrs ago.. but people are quite nonchalant about stuff like that now. However, the action is almost too relentless by trying to mirror real war scenarios that you don't get that atmospheric vibe that was in the very first Medal of Honour game, for example.


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post Mar 14 2012, 12:31 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 21 2012, 05:27 AM) *
Wow ! Just checked out your other thread about the Alice game.. looks amazing ! biggrin.gif

I guess you're right about the storyline stuff Todd, it's not true that they don't do epic anymore because they do. I guess what I feel is that everything is so impressive with graphics these days and there's so much 'crash, bang, whallop' that nothing impresses the kids anymore and they take it all in their stride.

All the COD games ? They would have blown my mind if I'd seen those about 10 yrs ago.. but people are quite nonchalant about stuff like that now. However, the action is almost too relentless by trying to mirror real war scenarios that you don't get that atmospheric vibe that was in the very first Medal of Honour game, for example.



Great point! The first MOH game was KILLER for the immersive vibe and cool story. Felt like jumping in to history/war. Really well produced/done. A great game can draw you in much like a great movie. Too much about movies/games is all bang/boom/whallop IMHO so much so that it all blurs together. That's why Alice stood out so much. It's the exact other direction. If you ever get a chance, it's worth at least a rental.



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For the last 10 years I was all in MMOs...Anarchy Online (still the best MMO for me), WOW, Aion, Age of Conan, Fallen Earth, Rift, SWTOR,....
I had some pauses in between but I always came back. But now as I started to play guitar again and a bit more seriously I quit em all and delted them all from my laptop biggrin.gif

ekhm...I am waiting only for Guild Wars 2 wink.gif But I doubt I will play longer than a month biggrin.gif
I also have Wii and tons of games but I rarely play although some of the Wii games are really epic, like Zelda series, some Mario stuff and Kirby....I also had XBOX 360 but exchange it for a small amp and a guitar for my daughter. Kids were furious about that lol biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (benetom @ Mar 14 2012, 02:18 AM) *
For the last 10 years I was all in MMOs...Anarchy Online (still the best MMO for me), WOW, Aion, Age of Conan, Fallen Earth, Rift, SWTOR,....
I had some pauses in between but I always came back. But now as I started to play guitar again and a bit more seriously I quit em all and delted them all from my laptop biggrin.gif

ekhm...I am waiting only for Guild Wars 2 wink.gif But I doubt I will play longer than a month biggrin.gif
I also have Wii and tons of games but I rarely play although some of the Wii games are really epic, like Zelda series, some Mario stuff and Kirby....I also had XBOX 360 but exchange it for a small amp and a guitar for my daughter. Kids were furious about that lol biggrin.gif


I hear ya smile.gif You gotta be careful with games. You gotta keep it in check or it will dig in to your practice time!


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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Mar 17 2012, 10:30 AM) *
I hear ya smile.gif You gotta be careful with games. You gotta keep it in check or it will dig in to your practice time!


Yeah, WoW was a huge time sink for me... luckily I quit playing about 2 years ago, practicing guitar is much more sensible ! wink.gif
Still, I am into Starcraft 2 , here and there a ladder game is fun and has a natural time limit of about half an hour maximum.
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Well brace yourselves cuz' Diablo 3 is here soon biggrin.gif Goodbye, life!



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